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“Revamp: Writings On Secular Buddhism”, a new book by Winton Higgins, to be released April 26, 2021

Friday April 23, 2021, 2:51 p.m.Press Release: Tuwhiri Project ‘Revamp: writings on secular Buddhism’, is a new book by Winton Higgins, to be published by Tuwhiri on April 26, 2021. The book traces the emergence of secular Buddhism with a focus on the current climate emergency and intensification of social injustice crying out for radical […]

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How Buddhism helped celebrity chef Eric Ripert break the cycle of abusive cooking

Read the transcript of the story Originally published April 20, 2021. Celebrity French chef Eric Ripert learned his trade in kitchens plagued with abuse of younger staff – an environment he briefly recreated when he became boss later in his life. “I realized I was wrong; I emulated some of my mentors and people who […]

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Why Disney’s Original “Mulan” Doesn’t Include Chinese Buddhism

The disney original Mulan is one of the most famous Hollywood movies in China, however, it refuses to explore the rich history of Chinese Buddhism. There is a very specific reason for this. Here’s what the film’s co-director Tony Bancroft said about the role of spirituality in the film and his career. The Magic Kingdom […]

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Where does Buddhism get its reputation for peace?

When I teach an undergraduate course on ‘Buddhism and Violence’, I usually start by asking students to rank religious groups according to the number of followers they have in the British Army. Typically Christians are at the top of the student lists and Buddhists at the bottom. This reflects an unconscious prejudice that many of […]

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Is Buddhism a religion

Buddhism is one of the five world religions found in every list of major religions. The other four are Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity. These five are included in every list of the great religions of the world because of their number of adherents, their international spread, and their influence on historical events. The list […]

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The fusion of religious beliefs in Thailand: Buddhism, animism and Brahmanism

Thais are known to be devout Theravada, or Orthodox Buddhists. In fact, the country’s government is a theocracy in which many holidays and ceremonies are officially recognized in its calendar of events. Schools are closing and government institutions closed in order to give its residents a day off to celebrate and participate in national Buddhist […]

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Why Luna Lovegood would make a great student of Buddhism

Although Luna is not one of the main characters of the Harry potter series, it is one of my favorites. What I love about Luna is her kindness, her loyalty to her friends and her happy personality. In fact, Luna has many of the same beliefs and personality traits as someone who believes in and […]

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Online forum helps Asian Americans find their way into Americanized Buddhism

(RNS) – Devon’s grandfather Matsumoto helped build the Mountain View Buddhist Temple in the San Francisco Bay Area after World War II. Her father was later in charge of campus buildings while her mother was superintendent of the Dharma school. A few months when he was growing up, Devon, now a 23-year-old social worker, was […]

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Orlando Bloom embraced Buddhism after running nonstop through life – inside his religious views

After running nonstop through a hectic life, English actor Orlando Bloom sought spirituality and finally embraced the peace of Buddhism. Here is a detailed look at his religious views and his life after the election. Fame can undoubtedly be all-consuming, and it’s easy to get lost in the push and pull. This is why many […]

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What is Pure Land Buddhism? A look at how East Asian Buddhists sing and strive for Buddhahood

Many people in the West interpret Buddhism as a path of meditation leading to enlightenment. What many may not know is that this interpretation differs considerably from its practice in East Asia. I spent many years observing Buddhist temples in Taiwan and mainland China, and my research resulted in the book “Chinese Pure Land Buddhism”. […]